The E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative seeks to develop and expand a national model for collaborative efforts that serve the advancement of fine arts education. Our goal is to leverage the region’s vast fine arts resources in collaborative ventures that enable students in the community to see the connections between visual art, orchestra, jazz, opera, theatre, choral music, etc. We have re-envisioned the roles of university faculty and students, K-12 faculty and students, and community arts partners away from an isolated and transactional relationship toward a symbiotic, supportive, and developmental model. This model encourages community arts organizations to work together with university and K-12 school faculty in developing arts education programming designed for an ethnically and culturally diverse population of students in underserved and under-resourced regions of our community. During the pandemic, our ability to engage with and through the arts has been challenging. The Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative has approached this challenge by bringing community arts partners together providing opportunities for students of the arts, regardless of age, to enjoy immersive experiences bringing experts from across the globe to our region. We’ll share our vision for the Collaborative, theoretical framework, previous community arts partner model expectations, obstacles common to socially engaged teaching, and success stories associated with this venture.
J. A. Goodman is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he teaches elementary music education courses and studio organ. He is actively engaged with the community music education organizations. With more than 30 years of K-16+ teaching experience, he is an active clinician in music education – especially in developing listening skills, teaching recorder in Orff levels training courses, and is the past-president of the Idaho Orff Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. He is a frequent conductor with children’s choirs and adjudicator for choral festivals. His current research interests include components of effective teamwork in the classroom and connections between music instruction, reading readiness, and reading remediation through increasing accuracy of internal rhythmicity. He is the former director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Director of the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri System. His focus for the last 13 years has been on improving pedagogy in all disciplines to increase student success toward degree achievement.
Michael V. Smith is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He directs the E. Desmond Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He researches in the areas of professional induction, mentoring, and in integrated instruction using the arts and other interdisciplinary methods. He has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the development of the internationally-recognized Education Center, ECHO. In alliance with the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he worked on a large Annenberg Challenge grant, using integrated arts to effect whole school change. While in D.C., he worked with the Kreeger Museum with an Institute of Museum and Library Science grant. Hear Art See Music investigated the use of cross-modality strategies in arts education for the purpose of serving ADA Universal Design mandates, and to better serve special needs populations who come to the museum. He has also assisted in the development of music instruction software for Harmonic Vision and continues to be interested in methods of instruction using technology. Dr. Smith is actively involved in music classrooms. He has served as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator and consultant throughout the country.